Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

GRAPEVINE, TX - JUNE 27:  Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the National Right to Life convention at the Hyatt Regency DFW International Airport Hotel June 27, 2013 in Grapevine, Texas. Perry has reportedly vowed to continue the fight for a more restrictive abortion law in Texas after the state legislature failed to get the law passed during a special session because of a filibuster and protests.  (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images) (Stewart F. House, 2013 Getty Images)
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to National Right to Life Convention (Stewart F. House, 2013 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/30 9:11 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional.

The state has vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled Friday that Texas has reached a "tipping point" with new laws that he called state-imposed obstacles to a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.

His decision throws out requirements that threatened to effectively close more than a dozen clinics.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed the law in 2013. He and other conservatives say the requirements are necessary to protect women's health.

The new rules had been set to take effect Monday.

 

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